A jewel in Greece’s Dodecanese crown, Kos Island is an ancient place and one that has been through many transformations over recent years. Having spent centuries as a low-key clutch of small towns, remote ruins and fishing villages, Kos Island suddenly became one of the most popular Greek resorts for nightlife, restaurants and hotels. Yet today, this historic highlight of Greece has returned to a more sedate state, where you’ll still find lively spots, clubs and bars, though nowhere near in its former number, leaving more time for the archaeology, heavenly beaches and laidback café culture that feels far more authentic.
Kos looking for a mix of culture and relaxation will have a string of daytrips available,
with highlights of Kos including the medieval Neratzia Castle in Kos Town, the Asklepion,
Roman Odeon of Kos and restored Roomalainen Talo Villa, Antimachia Castle and even the very tree that Hippocrates once taught
under, among many other ancient treasures. Action and adventure then comes at
the Lido or Aquatica Water Parks, while time must always be put aside for days
on the coast. Kardamena and Kos Town are the two main hubs, though the whole
island is awash with an intoxicating mix of wonderful resorts and traditional
island life that goes on around you from day-to-day. With countless villages,
local markets, souvenir shops, cafes and family-run restaurants to visit too –
Kos Island really does have it all.